Kieran Modra Bio
Modra was born in the South Australian town of Port Lincoln on 27 March 1972 and died on 13 November 2019. He has died at the age of 47. He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to sport and vision-impaired people.
Vale: Kieran Modra OAM. SASI is saddened by the passing today of Kieran Modra. Kieran was one of SASI's most successful athletes participating in 8 Paralympic Games from 1988-2016. A champion athlete & person, today our thoughts and prayers go to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/PIsQy71dIF
— South Australian Sports Institute (@SASI_sport) November 13, 2019
|Birth Date||March 27, 1972|
|Birth Place||Port Lincoln, Australia|
|Death Date||13 November 2019|
|Profession||Swimmer and cyclist|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Kieran Modra Age
He died at the age of 47.
Earlier Life and Siblings
Modra was born visually impaired due to juvenile optic atrophy. Modra’s sister, Tania Modra, piloted Sarnya Parker in tandem cycling at the 2000 Sydney Games, where the pair won two gold medals. Modra died after his bike collided with a car on Sturt Highway in Kingsford. He was cycling to Clare from his home at Hallett Cove to see friends.
Kieran Modra’s Career
Modra began pole vaulting in 1987 and won the pole vaulting competition at the 1989 Australian All-School Championships. He took up swimming to aid his recovery from a knee injury and began competing in the sport in 1990.
At the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona, where he competed in both athletics and swimming, he won two bronze medals in the Men’s 100 m Backstroke B3 and Men’s 200 m Backstroke B3 events.
At the 2004 games, he won two gold medals, in the Men’s Individual Pursuit Tandem B1–3 event, in which he broke a world record with a time of 4:21.451, and the Men’s Sprint Tandem B1–3 event, and a bronze medal in the Men’s Road Race / Time Trial Tandem B1–3 event.
In 2011 Modra made a return to the bike with new pilot Scott McPhee where they won gold in the tandem B&VI 4 km pursuit at the 2011 Montichiari UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships setting a new world record of 4:17.780.
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, Modra and his pilot David Edwards won the bronze medal in the Men’s Road Time Trial B. His other results were sixth in the Men’s Individual Pursuit B and fifth in the Men’s Road Race B.
Kieran Modra’s Wife and Children
He married Kerry Modra (née Golding) in May 1997. The Couple met at a friend’s 21st birthday party, and they had three children.
Death and Cause
Kieran Modra cycling on the Sturt Highway just after 7:00 am when he was hit by a car travelling in the same direction. He died at the scene.
The driver of the car, a Kia sedan, was taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital as a precaution. Superintendent Bob Gray said it was the seventh death within seven days on South Australian roads.
This is a tragedy, an absolute tragedy, for the people that are left behind, not only the person that’s affected and people need to really start understanding, this has massive consequences, there’s a family, there’s a wife, there’s husbands, daughters, sons, mothers, that are impacted, he said.
Ive had the pleasure to photograph Kieran Modra many times. Forgetting what a wonderful and successful athlete he was, he was also a lovely and giving person. My sincere thoughts to his family and friends. A very sad day.
— Sarah Reed (@SarahReed) November 13, 2019